TSKW Filmmakers Screen Short Films at Tropic Cinema

Two young cutting-edge filmmakers, artists in The Studios of Key West’s month-long residence program are introducing four short, provocative films at Tropic Cinema Tuesday, May 28.  The 6:30 PM screening follows a 6:00 PM champagne reception for the filmmakers.  Immediately following the four-film screening – the shortest film is five minutes; the longest is 35 minutes – one filmmaker, Chihiro Amemiya, will answer audience questions in person while Sasha Wortzel will dialogue with moviegoers via live video link.

Sasha Wortzel is a filmmaker, media artist and educator based in Brooklyn.  Her work explores the enigmatic areas of gender, sexuality and memory space.  The Tropic will screen “Paint it Again,” in which a house shared for 40 years – and now occupied by one surviving partner – becomes more museum than home.  In “Starlight,” Wortzel focuses on The Starlight Lounge in Brooklyn Heights, a gathering place for gay people of color in the late fifties.  Predating the notorious Stonewall Inn riots by a decade, the Starlight Lounge – a half-century after it opened faced eviction and closure while its regulars fought to save it

Wortzel’s work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum Lab, The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art as well as film festivals nationally.

Chihiro Amemiya graduated with a MFA from City College of New York where she received a prestigious Bert Saperstein Scholarship.  She is screening “Grandpa’s Wet Dream” at the Tropic, an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  The film is about Tokuda, a 75-year-old Japanese man who has been acting in adult videos for years without telling his family.  He knows his small-screen work is drawing to a close and he grapples with the guilt, fear and shame – and his desire to leave his unique mark on the world.

In “Rooftop,” Gena is a guard at the place where suicides arrive after their deaths.  She’s in a rut – perhaps not a surprise given her line of work – and is transformed by Rocco, a boy who crosses into her territory.

Amemiya’s films have been screened at NewFilmmakers NY in 2011, the All-Access Program at Tribeca.  In 2011, she won a grant from Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace to promote a youth filmmaking program she developed.

Wortzel’s and Amemiya’s film screen at Tropic Cinema Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 PM following a reception at 6:00 PM.  General admission is $12.  Tickets for Tropic members are $9.  For information or tickets visit the Tropic Cinema box office at 416 Eaton Street or tropiccinema.com.



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